Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens), Florence, Italy

Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) in Florence, Italy, is one of the country’s most important gardens, a living history course in Italian garden design from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Like all Italian Gardens, it was designed to show the owner’s wealth and power rather than showcase flowers, with impressive statues and other artwork set among a tapestry of green. Save your feet and take a virtual tour of this 111-acre outdoor museum…

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Use Peer Reviewed Information

In the age of the internet, information is cheap, easy and everyone has an opinion. That’s great if you’re trying to pick a paint color or a movie.  It’s not so great if you’re trying to save your tree or get rid of the bees under your siding. Some things in life really do require […]

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Articles About Plant Processes and Stuff

How do plants DO that? Here’s a collection of articles that explore some unusual ways plants grow, how they develop, their relationship with a type of fungi, and one extra unrelated article about what we call plants. Learn more in these archived articles…

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Plants Plus: Raspberries

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching and reading this package of information, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on growing raspberries. 

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Cilantro Herb of the Year 2017

Cilantro leaves are an essential ingredient in many Latin American, Caribbean, and Asian, Mexican salsas and many other ethnic dishes. This cool season herb has been selected as the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year™ 2017. If you like its pungent taste, make sure you plant some this year. Learn more about this common herb and how to grow it…

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Articles for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and everything is about hearts and love, although some people might wish for diamonds or chocolate instead. Learn about some plants with names related to this heart-centric holiday — and some potential gifts for this day — in these archived articles…

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Invasives and MG Plant Sales

With a few exceptions, Wis. Adm. Code ch. NR 40 prevents the sale, transport, and introduction of regulated species into the state of Wisconsin. Through partnerships with businesses, landowners, state agencies, and the public we successfully implemented NR 40 as a standard for classifying invasive species.

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Garden Calendar for February, 2017

Although February weather can be dull and gray, this month has two holidays celebrated by gardeners as well as a few other people. Groundhog Day on February 2nd predicts the start of spring even though it officially always starts in 6 weeks even if the weather is none too spring-like.  Read more in this month’s gardening calendar.

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Fat Plants

Succulent plants are appealing to many people with horticultural interests, in part because of their great diversity. One noteworthy subgroup of succulents are affectionately referred to as “fat plants”. Fat plants are generally leafy succulents with an enlarged trunk or base that give rise to stems and branches. They vary in size from tiny miniatures to the largest of all succulents. Their appeal is in their weird shapes and many also have colorful flowers. Get an overview of these plants and the basics of cultivation in this article…
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Articles on Diseases

Have you had a cold or the flu recently? Diseases affect not only us, but plants and other animals, too. The impacts of diseases on plants range from cosmetic spots to plant death. Learn about a few plant diseases you might encounter in the garden — and one disease that kills house flies — in these archived articles…

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